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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Ah, that makes a lot of sense...somehow only recollect nicknames, and I know I read subsequently about both a "Mere" and a "Hap" Arnold...he may be one of those, or altogether different, but this medal biz makes clear he was probably the one she "let get away"...ie, he would have been famous for that at that time, right off...thanks.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 7, 2012 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

General Hap preceded Admiral Ralph by about a half generation. Hap essentially founded the Air Service in WWI, and went on to command US Army Air Forces in WWII. He was pretty close to Mitchell and that caused some issues with Roosevelt, but he still ended up being the only person in US military history to hold 5 star rank in two services.

See a Navy guy can pay attention when stationed at Naval Air Station Offutt, I mean Offutt Air Force Base.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Damn; you'd think I could keep my Service Line Arnolds separate! I just love names like "Hap" and "Mere" and so on...great stuff; beats the heck out of the Brits, though there is something to be said for the "bifs" and "boffos" and the rest (recited during the WWI segment of Blackadder).